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Untitled (From the Story 'Invisible Clerk' by Ilf and Petrov), 2012 Etching 42 × 29.7 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Wilkinson Gallery

50/58 Vyner Street
E2 9DQ London
November 24th, 2012 - February 10th, 2013
Opening: November 24th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

+44 020 8980 2662
Wed-Sat 11-6; Sun 12-6
works on paper, photography, video-art


Wilkinson Gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition with Romanian artist Ciprian Muresan. The exhibition brings together  recent video, works on paper and photography.

The central work of the exhibition, Shredded Masaccio Book, presents the shredded paper remains of a hand-drawn version of Ornella  Casazza’s text on the Italian Renaissance painter Masaccio. Titled Masaccio: and the Brancacci Chapel and published by Scala/Riverside (1990), the Italian artist Masaccio died at the young age of 26, while Muresan’s pencil-drawn book likewise had a short life, remaining in tact  only for the days that it took for the artist to complete its pages. Before deconstructing the book, Muresan documented its pages and  converted them into the form of a video slideshow. Nonetheless, Muresan invites the individual who purchases the work to devote an  extensive amount of his or her time to taping the paper fragments back together. 

Untitled (From the Story ‘Invisible Clerk’ by Ilf and Petrov) depicts scenes from the story of the ‘Invisible Clerk' by Russian novelists Ilf and  Petrov. The etchings tell a satirical story of monumental public sculpture. Prior to the exhibition, Muresan hid these etchings within The  National Art Museum in Cluj, rendering them inaccessible to the Romanian public, and exposing viewers to the work for the first time here at  Wilkinson Gallery. Comparably, Untitled (Sculpture Photographs 1-5) document Muresan’s recent intervention involving a series of  sculptures currently on display at the National Art Museum in Cluj. For this project, the artist hints at the potential destabilization of provincial  Romanian sculpture with novels ranging from P.L Travers’ Mary Poppins to the Strugatsky Brothers’ Roadside Picnic.

For the video piece Untitled, Muresan worked with two stage directors to simultaneously orchestrate two different performances on the same  stage. The directors were given complete freedom in choosing the play they would stage, while both they and the participating actors  remained unaware of what the other group would perform, until both parties got on stage. Through this forced overlap, Muresan generates a  new text, but also creates moments of chaos and harmony, thereby extending the communicative boundaries of the two individual theatre  pieces. 

Ciprian Muresan lives and works in Cluj (Romania). Recent exhibitions include ‘Stage and Twist’ (Two person show with Anna Molska), Project Space – Tate  Modern, London (2012) and Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Poland (2012), ‘Recycled Playground’, Centre d’art contemporain Geneva, Switzerland (2012)  and FRAC Champagne, Ardenne, France (2011), David Nolan, New York (2011), ‘Ciprian Muresan’, n.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2010), ‘Six  Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (group) (2012), ‘European Travellers’, Mucsarnok  Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary (2012), ‘Déjà-vu? Die Kunst der Wiederholung von Durer bis YouTube’, Staatliche Kusthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)  (2012), ‘Never odd or even - a text spaced exhibition’, Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark (2012), He has also  exhibited in the Romanian Pavilion at the 2009 53 rd Venice Biennale.